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Showing in a imaginative and prescient, God says he created Jeremiah for this activity. “Before you have been born I set you aside and appointed you as my prophet to the countries” (Jeremiah 1:5). “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ ” God tells the boy. “Go anyplace I ship you and say no matter what I inform you. And don’t be frightened of the folk, for i'll be with you and may shield you. I, the LORD, have spoken” (Jeremiah 1:7-8). GOD AS a trade-in “My humans have exchanged their excellent God for valueless idols! The heavens are stunned at one of these factor. ” JEREMIAH 2:11-12 simply as Isaiah did previous, Jeremiah lays out God’s case opposed to the Jews. components of the message truly sound rather like a tribulation lawyer’s starting assertion. “My humans have performed evil things,” God says. “They have deserted me—the fountain of residing water. they usually have dug for themselves cracked cisterns which can carry no water in any respect” (Jeremiah 2:13). this can be a note picture—a image method of claiming the folks have deserted God and placed their belief in whatever as dead as a cracked pot. A cistern is an underground garage pit, usually chiseled out of the local limestone bedrock and waterproofed with plaster. humans dug cisterns with reference to a house or a village and kept water in them. The water might come from runoff in the course of occasional showers during this dry zone. and infrequently humans haul water from far away streams and wells. Pouring water right into a cracked cistern is nice for just a cardiovascular exercise session. So doing that's really smarter than what the Jews are doing. rather than worshipping God, they’re worshipping idols—which is sweet for not anything yet hassle. assorted prophets within the Bible concentrate on diversified offenses the Jewish humans have dedicated. Amos, for instance, zeroes in almost always on wealthy parents exploiting all people else. yet Jeremiah’s criticism is set the underlying challenge: the folk have rejected God. They’ve traded him in on idols. they usually act like it—lawless. each guy for himself. How undesirable have the Jews develop into? “Even faithless Israel is much less responsible than treacherous Judah! ” (Jeremiah 3:11). that are meant to have given the Jews a clue approximately the place they have been headed. As punishment for chronic idolatry—and as estimated through a number of prophets—God erased the northern Jewish country of Israel from the realm map. He did it in 722 BC, a couple of century sooner than Jeremiah begun his ministry. Assyrians from what's now Iraq leveled the Israelite towns and exiled many of the Jewish survivors. “How am i able to pardon you? ” God asks the Jewish humans in one other image notice photograph. “I fed my humans till they have been complete. yet they thanked me through committing adultery and lining up on the brothels” (Jeremiah 5:7). God won’t pardon those that refuse to confess their guilt. So he tells his prophet, “Pray not more for those humans. . . for i cannot take heed to you” (Jeremiah 7:16). Time is up for the final surviving Jewish country. the tip is close to. CRYING time “If basically my head have been a pool of water and my eyes a fountain of tears, i might weep day and evening for all my those who were slaughtered.